The Jan Knippers Black Fund for Human Rights Protection will be launched on September 7th, 2018 with an evening of “Activism, Inspiration, Celebration” in the Irvine Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
A first generation Peace Corps volunteer in Chile, Middlebury Institute professor Jan Knippers Black was propelled early on into human rights work by the danger of disappearance and torture confronting so many of her friends in Latin America.
Professor Black has through her mentoring of students spurred a new generation of professionals working for the promotion and preservation of human rights. She is also a prolific author and tireless advocate of the displaced, distressed and voiceless all over the world. In 2011 she was elected to the Amnesty International USA Board of Directors.
On September 7th, the Jan Knippers Black Fund for Human Rights Protection will be formally launched. The fund will support the MIIS-Amnesty International USA Fellowship Program. The event, an evening of “Activism, Inspiration, Celebration,” will feature Aniket Shah, Amnesty International Board Chair and Margaret Huang, Amnesty International Executive Director. A reception with music follows.
To help with planning, organizers would like to hear from those interested in attending by September 2nd at go.miis.edu/janblack
International Policy & Development professor Jan Black’s colorful backstory includes writing the definitive account of U.S. involvement in Brazil, and being invited to play piano in Elvis Presley’s band.